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Be thy neighbour's keeper

May 20, 2010, 11:41 AM

Henry Adams has said that "one friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim."

On being asked what is a friend, Aristotle said, "A single soul dwelling in bodies."

Our definition of friendship is a relationship that is wonderful and valued.

In some parts of the world, boundary conflicts have created troubled times and served to bitterly divide, otherwise very friendly neighbours. Such hostility is usually provoked by intense emotions and sentiments, with some nations even resorting to war.

Yet, a close look usually shows that they were ignited by issues, which could have been amicably resolved, through dispassionate negotiation and dialogue.

There is a saying that "The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one."

The Point shares the view that neighbours have to pursue dialogue to address whatever differences they have.

Whichever way one looks at it, it is a very important milestone when African states set up a boundary commission to amicably demarcate the boundaries left by our former colonial masters at independence.

This will help in entrenching friendship and good neighbourliness. And let us also remember that qualitatively built friendships and relationship between countries have to be safeguarded.

In fact, it is most dangerous not to have a friend, but an enemy as one’s neighbour. In other words, it is most harmful to not have true friendships.

In our view, neighbours should be holding out hands of friendship and cooperation.

Your neighbour should be your best and closest friend! Because, as often said, in every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.

"Friendship is Love without his wings"

Lord Byron